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Lake Michigan Getaway in Cross Village!

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 2,700 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

6 bedrooms, 4 full baths, 1 half bath, sleeps 14

In 2000 we began our search for a quiet place where we could get away from it all. That quest ended in Cross Village, a tiny hamlet tucked in the northwest corner of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, where we purchased a parcel of land on the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan. We were simply enamored by the Village, the views of the Lake, the sunsets and the four lighthouses visible on the horizon.

Our cottage was built in 2001 by Town & Country Cedar Homes and has been featured in Timber Homes Illustrated magazine. It has three-levels with 6 bedrooms and 4-1/2 baths - comfortably sleeping 14.

Cross Village is a small, quiet town located on Lake Michigan at the southern end of Sturgeon Bay. The picturesque towns of Harbor Springs and Petoskey are 25-30 minutes south, and offer terrific dining, shopping and recreational activities. About 30 minutes to the north is Mackinaw City and the Mackinac Bridge. Ferries are available there to take you to Mackinac Island, where you can bicycle or take horse-drawn carriage tours to see the sights.

The pace here is slower - it's a great place to relax and watch the sailboats and freighters go by. The panoramic views of Lake Michigan include four lighthouses and Waugoschance Point. Beaver Island is visible in the distance. Directly to the north of Cross Village is Wilderness State Park, which has many nice walking trails and campsites.

Cross Village has a gas station/general store, the historic Legs Inn Restaurant and Crows Nest Restaurant.

The cottage is on a wooded lot on a low bluff on the shoreline, about 15 steps to the beach level. Between the cottage and Lake Michigan there is a 'lagoon' - a small wetland fed by several Artesian springs. The lagoon varies in size depending on rainfall, snow-melt and lake level, but it is easy to walk around to get to the beach. Even when Lake Michigan is frozen solid, the Artesian springs keep the lagoon unfrozen, supplying fresh water to the variety of wildlife in the area.

The cottage has a two-level deck furnished with seating (but no dining table) and a gas grill. A protected wildlife habitat for the piping plover is found near the boat launch and public beach. Several pairs of bald eagles nest at Wilderness and often fly along the shore looking for fish. The views from the deck are fabulous, and the sunsets are simply spectacular.

Our beach is sand/small pebbles, and the water is shallow (waist-deep) for quite a ways before a drop-off. There are some rocks and boulders in the water, but the sandy public beach and boat launch are a short 5-minute walk along the shore, or 10-minute walk up the street into the park entrance.

Joggers and shore-walkers are common, but Cross Village beaches are never too crowded. There are miles of sandy shoreline to enjoy, and Lake Michigan is always a majestic sight.

Cross Village is, of course, a terrific summer destination, but it is also perfect for fall color tours and winter ski vacations.

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 4, 2017


Harbor Springs Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Main floor half bath - toilet
    Upstairs suite - toilet , shower
    Upstairs shared bath - toilet , shower
    Lower level bath - toilet , shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • 1st floor master - 1 king
    Upstairs suite - 1 queen
    Upstairs bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Upstairs bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Lower level bedroom - 1 king
    Lower level bedroom - 2 twin/ single , + trundle bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
There is a speaker/recharging dock for I-Pod and I-Phone.


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Lake Michigan Getaway in Cross Village!
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
Canton, Oh

Beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

What a beauty. Amazing view of the lake from the back, but a quiet, wooded area from the front full of chipmunks, deer and squirrels. Home is large with two comfortably furnished family areas, nicely stocked kitchen with newer appliances. Not a lot of steps to the lake. We loved the tidepool like area between the lake and the house. Our 20 month old grandson loved it, since it has no waves and most of it was shallow enough for him to wade around. The beds were comfortable and the home was very clean. We appreciated having stocked seasonings, coffee filters, beach towels, soap. Made packing and planning a breeze. They also provide dog towels , bowls which is certainly a bonus. We had no complaints. The owner is very organized and sends a nice packet with all information needed. Even a list of DVD's, maps. We saw no one else on the beach while we were there and the weather in early Sept was perfect. There are rocks on the beach, but we had no difficulty walking, and the little one loved throwing them into the lake. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dallas, Texas

Family Vacation 2016

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was center of our family vacation and it was wonderful! The house was spotless and well stocked kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms - wonderfully decorated. Felt like a fishing/hunting lodge but much more comfortable. There is an incredible view from the living room.

We had a wonderful time. I would highly recommend this cottage to anyone looking for a beautiful and quiet Northern Michigan get away.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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2015 Summer vacation

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was wonderful! The architecture very impressive, the décor excellent, and the view perfect. It was very clean and well equipped (games, dvds, books, kayak, firewood, DirecTV stations, household items, appliances). Had a great floor plan with plenty of room for our five families of 10 adults and 2 children. The open kitchen, dining, living area allowed us to all be in the same living area at one time to enjoy the great view of the lake, meals together, watch our St. Louis Cardinals, plan our days, etc.. The deck in the back was big enough and equipped with enough patio furniture to allow most of us to sit together and enjoy the excellent view, sunsets and lighthouses (we were able to see all four of them most of the week). The location (northern Michigan) was excellent for us to visit Mackinaw, Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Charlevoix and the up-north scenery. Cross Village while very small had most of what we needed with a restaurant and gas station/convenience store. The convenience store had great hand-made pizzas, deli sandwiches, some bakery items and a good selection of incidentals. In fact, the price on the items was sometimes cheaper than the closest grocery store (IGA - very small, limited items and expensive). The Leggs Inn exceeded our expectations with great food, service, décor, and a wonderful patio in the back with a great view of the lake. The beach was nice with sand and stones. We had fun looking for stones and found many interesting ones but don't think we found any Petoskey (possibly we didn't know enough of what we were looking for), but we enjoyed the search.

While we were aware of the lagoon, we were a bit disappointed at how high the water in the lagoon was. We could not walk around it without going a very long distance down the beach. We ended up using the neighbors boardwalk but even that became covered in water after it rained during the week. I understand that this high level of water is not typical and we managed, so definitely not a big problem, just something to be aware of.

The cell service was intermittent and sometimes non existent. Using one of the phones as a hot spot, we were able to connect to the Internet occasionally. The local phone is available and no cost for domestic calls.

Great vacation - 5-star for sure!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful and Relaxing Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We visited the cottage after Christmas and didn't want to leave! The house was spotless when we arrived. The kitchen was stocked with cooking and eating materials: pots, pans, plates, silverware and anything else we needed. The bedrooms and bathrooms were all fully stocked and very welcoming with the homey quilts on them. It was ideal to just be able to drop our bags and immediately sit down on the couch and relax.

Since we arrived at night, our first view of the lake came in the morning. The view was stunning. We spent a lot of time simply looking out the window and taking in the view. Since it was December and very cold, we only went for one walk but it was great to be able to walk along the water and look at the scenery.

When we wanted to go out and experience the area, we drove into Petoskey. Downtown Petoskey is very cute and there were many shops and restaurants to visit. In addition, we went skiing one day.

In short, we had a wonderful time and raved about the location and the cottage to all of our friends. I would highly recommend this cottage to anyone looking for a beautiful and quiet Northern Michigan get away. I am looking forward to going back. Soon.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2013
  • Stayed: December 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Boyne Highlands
Nearest Motorway
19 Miles
I-75, exit #326
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Legs Inn
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Nubs Nob & Boyne Highlands
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Lake Michigan
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $300 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Payment Terms: $1,000 deposit required to secure your reservation. Balance due 21 days prior to arrival.

A security deposit of $300 is required. The security deposit will be returned within 10 days of the end of the reservation, after keys are returned and cottage is inspected.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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